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Chester Zoo confirms it will be closing its aquarium next year


Jun 15, 2024

CHESTER Zoo has confirmed it will be closing one of its much-loved exhibits.

After more than 70 years, the zoo will be closing its aquarium building which it described as an ‘iconic building with a fascinating past and a legacy that will continue for many years to come’.

The closure, which is set to happen next year, is due to the building coming to ‘the end of its life’ after being constructed by the zoo founder’s daughter June and her former bear keeper husband Fred Williams back in the 50s.

In a letter to members, Chester Zoo said: “With such advancements in building methods, technology and requirements for modern zoos, our expert team of structural engineers agree that from 2026 our aquatic species in the aquarium will be finding new habitats to flourish in, under the care of our dedicated aquatic team.

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“For the last 25 years we have been developing other aquatic habitats throughout the zoo, teeming with many different species.

“You can find these in places like Spirit of the Jaguar, Monsoon Forest, the Okapi House and the elephant house.” Reading, Basingstoke, Berkshire

The zoo says its conservation work behind the scenes and out in the field will continue, with a dedication that has seen it save fish species from the brink of extinction.

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